What is the difference between massage therapy,
chiropractic and physical therapy?
Massage therapy treats muscle soreness, stiffness, and chronic pain. This is a PASSIVE form of treatment, meaning someone else does the work for the patient.
Chiropractic medicine focuses on manipulation (manual or with machines) of the skeletal and muscle systems (typically neck and back) to restore the body’s natural alignment. Chiropractic is an example of MANUAL and PASSIVE treatment.
Physical Therapy (PT) focuses on healing and treatment of injuries, pain, and disability. PT helps to restore strength, movement and functionality by targeting affected areas throughout the body. At Premier Physical Therapy, we incorporate several forms of therapy into each patient’s plan of care to ensure they get the most benefit from their treatment:
· ACTIVE: Strengthening, aerobic and stretching exercises. The patient is ACTIVELY engaged in their treatment. They are taught and perform exercises / techniques to help with their recovery that they can use after their PT care ends.
· MANUAL: Manipulation / stretching / massage of muscles and tissues to help alleviate pain, promote healing by increasing blood flow to the injured area, and bring oxygen and nutrients to damaged or hurting tissues.
· PASSIVE: Application of heat, ice, or TENS / Electrical stimulation
Overall, PHYSICAL THERAPY is a MORE COMPREHENSIVE and COMPLETE TREATMENT! We look forward to working with YOU SOON!